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Less Talk, More Rock!

Less Talk, More Rock!

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Sometimes it's hardest to blog about the things about which you care the most... and this is that kind of post. We've got a band coming in to play... Pinback. And though they don't know it, Pinback and I go way back. In the late '90s I was a shift DJ at my college radio station, WUOG in Athens, GA (26,000 watts and almost as many choices!)*. Part of the way to remain a DJ in good standing was to screen the piles of cds and 7"s that came into the studio each week, sifting through the sediment for sparkles. Some people considered it a chore, but I loved putting on my headphones and holding the fate of a band in my hands. One afternoon I plugged in and put on a 7" I'd selected from the stack for no real reason. And as the record started, I had one of those amazing "a-ha!" moments... THIS is good. This should be played till the grooves wear out. "This" was Pinback's first release, and I've been with them ever since**. Are you a fan? Leave the story of your favorite show here... I will too!

*Back then our motto was "less talk more ROCK!" My... how far I've come (fallen?)
**I have a Pinback song as my ring tone on my cell phone. TRUST me when I say that phone is set to "vibrate" today... how embarrassing would it be if it rang while I was trying to be all cool and professional?

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